The Board of Education will hold public hearings pursuant to the Charter School Law on applications for new charter schools in Philadelphia.  The hearings will be held on January 22, 2020 at the Education Center, 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA in the Board Offices, Suite 101. The schedule for the hearings is as follows:

9:30 a.m. — Joan Myers Brown Academy: A String Theory Charter School

2:00 p.m. — High School of Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

Public testimony will not be accepted during the hearings on January 22, 2020.

To submit testimony on the new charter applications, you must be a Philadelphia resident and must submit your testimony in writing before January 24, 2020 at 5:00pm EST. Testimony may be submitted in writing or via email to If submitted by mail, written testimony must be postmarked by January 24, 2020 and addressed to:

Board of Education
The School District of Philadelphia
440 North Broad Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA  19130.

Written testimony should include the full name and address of the sender, and should indicate the specific new charter application(s) to which the testimony refers. All written testimony received by the Board of Education will be made part of the public record for the respective new charter application hearing.

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Q&A with Doha Ibrahim, Student Board Representative

Q&A with Doha Ibrahim, Student Board Representative

Doha Ibrahim is a senior at Lincoln High School. She is also involved in Philadelphia’s Citywide Student Government, sits on the Superintendent Advisory Board and runs her own business, Doha Photography. Read Doha’s interview below to learn more about her and her interest in being a Student Board Representative for the 2019-2020 school year. Q:…

Q&A with Imere Williams, Student Board Representative

Q&A with Imere Williams, Student Board Representative

Imere, a senior at Boys’ Latin Charter School, is a champion for education and a colossal advocate for student voice and involvement. He is very active in his school community where he sits on the Honor Council, acts as a steering committee member for Boys’ Latin and is the Student Government Class Officer. We sat…

We’ve selected 13 members for our Parent & Community Advisory Council!

As mandated in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter: “The Board of Education shall convene at least twice-yearly a Parent and Community Advisory Council comprised of stakeholders from across the City to consult on issues pertaining to educational policy and family and community engagement in schools.” The Advisory Council will provide input and guidance to the…

Alfredo Pratico, Student Board Rep

Q&A with Alfredo Praticò, Student Board Representative

Alfredo is very active in his school and in his community. He is on Masterman’s School Advisory Council, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, City-Wide Student Government, Philadelphia Youth Commission, All-City Orchestra, YoYo Club at Clemente Rec Center, and is an Alter Server at St. Andrew’s Church. We sat down with Alfredo to learn more about what…

Julia Franks, Student Board Rep

Q&A with Julia Frank, Student Board Representative

Julia Frank, a senior at Northeast High School, is an entrepreneur, holds a part-time job and is actively involved in her community. She is the owner of City Slickers Lip Balm Co., works at Ernie’s Pizzeria, and is a Red Cross/CPR certified babysitter. She has also volunteered at Kenbrook Camp, Children’s Nursery Caretaker, and Spirit…

Board Members Share their Vision for the Work Ahead

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